Day At The Track

Dornauf & Ford share lead in Youngbloods Challenge

12:58 PM 05 May 2014 NZST
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Dylan Ford - leading junior driver in Tasmania.jpg Duncan Dornauf takes Ramplestiltskin to the lead in Youngbloods Challenge heat.jpg
Dylan Ford - leading junior driver in Tasmania
Duncan Dornauf takes Ramplestiltskin to the lead in Youngbloods Challenge heat
Duncan Dornauf and Dylan Ford share the lead after the first two rounds of the Tasmanian Youngbloods Challenge that began at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night.

The Youngbloods series is for drivers under the age of 23 at the start of the 2013-14 racing season and it has been sponsored by Bullock Consulting for the past 14 years.

Dornauf won the opening heat aboard long odds-on favourite Ramplestiltskin for Beauty Point trainer Rohan Hillier with the remaining heat taken out by Ford aboard Ektoras for the Barrie Rattray stable.

They both finished fourth in their other heats.

Dornauf sent Ramplestiltskin straight to the lead in the opening heat and ensured a solid tempo.

The daring tactics paid off with the gelding holding on to score by a narrow margin from I Am Mister Red (Alex Ashwood) with The Matthew Howlett-driver Elsudoku over six metres away third but well in advance of Ford's charge Karoola Town.

But Ford made the most of partnering the odds-on favourite in the remaining heat that had only six starters.

Ektoras worked hard early from his wide front row draw but eventually found the lead and from there on the end result was never in doubt.

Ektoras scored by almost two metres from Helen Wheels (Nicholas Brockman) with Samantha Freeman's charge Cardinal Art only a metre astern.

In the case of a race having less than 10 starters in a heat, the drivers who miss a drive will be awarded six points which is in accordance with the rules of the series.

The winner is will be determined on a points-score basis with 16 points awarded for first, 12 for second, nine for third, seven for fourth and then a reduction of one point for each subsequent placegetter down to one point for tenth.

The Youngbloods series comprises six heats with the next round of heats to be run at Devonport tonight (Monday) and the final two heats will be run in Launceston next Sunday night.

Points tally after two heats:

23 - Duncan Dornauf and Dylan Ford.

18 - Alex Ashwood.

16 - Nicholas Brockman.

15 - Matthew Howlett and Samantha Freeman.

10 - Justin Howlett.

9 - Lyarna Graham.

8 - Braden Howlett.

7 - Brady Woods.

By Peter Staples

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